5 Ways Real Time Vehicle Tracking Protects Your Mobile Assets

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Fleet management is an important practice used by manufacturing, logistics, and other supply chain partners to organize the movement of transportation vehicles and cargo. In today’s modern fleet management systems, a centralized fleet tracking software is combined with GPS vehicle monitoring devices to create a complete monitoring system for mobile assets. These systems can often …

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101 Trailer Tracking Tips From the Experts

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Fleet management today requires careful oversight of facilities, vehicles, drivers, and cargo trailers.  Since trucks are often on the road for long periods of time, many companies are using fleet management systems to monitor the routes and status of each vehicle. In addition, Yard Management Systems (YMS) can help control the efficiency of each loading …

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4 Benefits of Digital Freight Matching

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Digital Freight Matching (DFM), also called digital load matching, is an “on-demand” freight service that uses automation to match shipments with carriers. These platforms take the concepts developed in the sharing economy, through companies such as AirBnB and Uber, and apply them to freight. Software technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics are …

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Anatomy of a Successful Fleet Manager

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Fleet managers are responsible for overseeing the use and maintenance of a group of vehicles, which can include trucks, cars, vans, trains, airplanes, or a combination of various types of vehicles used to transport people or goods. A key component of logistics, fleet management is costly and complex, with a variety of considerations such as …

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5 Key Benefits of a Fleet Management System

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

A fleet management system is a critical component of efficient logistics and fulfillment operations. These software platforms are often connected to in-vehicle GPS tracking systems and onboard diagnostic devices (OBD) to provide a regular stream of telematics data. This setup allows fleet managers and dispatchers to optimize their logistics fleets without compromising delivery quality or …

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5 Steps to Creating an Effective Transportation Asset Management Plan

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Transportation Asset Management (TAM) is a discipline that is utilized by local, state, and federal governments to ensure the quality and safety of public transportation systems. These transportation systems can include roads, bridges, airports, railways, and several other important infrastructure assets. Keeping these assets in good working order is paramount to ensuring public safety. The …

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25 Best Fleet Maintenance Software Systems to Streamline, Track Fleet Maintenance Management

Last Updated: February 13, 2022

Maintaining a vehicle fleet requires careful coordination of maintenance activities to ensure maximum uptime and vehicle service life. With the introduction of fleet management software, many companies have been able to drive greater efficiencies and reduce costs among their truck, van, or vehicle fleets. A fleet management platform provides a centralized location for all vehicle …

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6 Last Mile Tracking Trends Impacting the Fleet Management Industry

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

The e-commerce industry has seen a dramatic shift in recent years toward more rapid customer deliveries. Amazon took the lead early on with 2-day shipping for Prime members, and the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated demand for home delivery services. For third-party logistics providers (3PLs), this has presented some unique challenges for fulfillment and tracking. Many …

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What is Telematics and Why is it Important?

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

There is no question that fleet telematics has become one of the most valuable assets for improving the efficiency of logistics operations. The typical fleet may involve dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of vehicles that may be on the road at any given time. Telematics combines telecommunications with informatics to give fleet managers a complete …

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What Information Do You Need on ELDs?

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

The ELD (electronic logging device) mandate is a requirement issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as an amendment to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). All commercial vehicles meeting certain requirements are now required to comply with the ELD mandate as of December 2019. According to the FMCSA, “The ELD Rule …

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Guide to Alternative Fuel Sources and Technologies for the Trucking Industry

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

The American trucking industry, and the larger transportation sector, are the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in the United States. Almost $105 billion is spent on diesel fuel each year for the trucking industry, and while there have been many efforts to curb usage, the demand is still high. Even with the dramatic social and …

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50 Best GPS Devices for Trucking Companies

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), nearly half of all fleets in the U.S. trucking industry (49%) have over 100 power units in operation. When also considering regional businesses with large fleets of small delivery and service trucks, we quickly end up with thousands of operators that have an extensive network of assets …

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50 Best Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) & Tools

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Commercial vehicles must remain compliant with important regional and national regulations to keep our roads safe. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) manages the guidelines that are in use today. Fleet managers across all industries must be aware of any changes to these guidelines that …

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Trailer GVWR vs. GAWR: What’s the Difference?

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Overweight or overloaded trailers are a big problem on roads worldwide. Vehicles hauling too-heavy or improperly-loaded trailers are at a greater risk for loss of control down inclines, delayed braking issues, and tipping due to uneven weight. Fortunately, there exist strict mandates in the United States, (thanks to the guidelines laid out by the FMCSA) …

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Top 25 Semi-Trailer Manufacturers

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

According to Trailer Body Builders’ recently-published 5-year Forecast, industry data shows that the growth currently being experienced within the trailer market is “unprecedented.” This can be attributed to a number of consumer trends, most notably the rise of e-commerce and omnichannel retail. As much of the world is getting used to ultra-convenient delivery, North American trailer manufacturers, in …

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GVWR vs. GCWR: What’s the Difference for Truck Makers?

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Ever since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first formed in 1970, there has been an onslaught of rules and regulations that fleet managers, operators, and truck makers alike have been made to follow. While these regulations vary greatly, both in terms of seriousness and complexity, the two that are most often confused are none other …

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What’s the Future of Electric Vehicles in Trucking?

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

Did you know that in 2015 alone, the U.S. trucking industry consumed a staggering amount of oil – 54 billion gallons to be exact? It’s a startling figure that elicits even more pause when you stop to think that, according to a study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute and the University of Michigan Transportation Institute, experts …

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Welding Joint Efficiency Tips for Trailer Builders (with Formula)

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

The fabrication of semi-trailers is an ever-evolving blend of skill, technology, and know-how. These steel chassis carry the largest cargo loads on roads and highways and current federal regulations for 49 CFR 393.201 apply to the frame of the tractor vehicle itself and not the semi-trailer. Manufacturers must ensure that their trailers are constructed safely …

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4 Emerging Trends in Trailering You Should Know

Last Updated: February 8, 2022

We once lived in a world in which a light-weight aluminum trailer meant a “high tech” trailer, but these days, trailer manufacturers are upping the ante by infusing the latest technologies to bolster trailer performance and safety. Some of these technologies are now being slowly integrated into fleets the world over, while others are simply …

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